He was born in Vienna, Austria.
He began playing drums at age 7.
He acquired extensive education and experience in electronics and audio engineering, percussion performance and East Coast Swing Dance.
Due to his extraordinary musical talent he got a special permit to attend the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, still as a teenager (!) where he got instructed on drums by famous Professor HOCHRAINER, the former legendary drummer of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
He studied electrical engineering and graduated as "Ingenieur" (similar to Bachelor of Science) for electronics and information technology.


  • Solid drum skills no matter what the style
  • Specialities include double Shuffle, left-hand stroke and snare rolling
  • Expert for Rockabilly, Western Swing, Hillbilly, 50's Rock'n'Roll & Rhythm'n'Blues as well as for classical music (playing kettledrum and chime), brass and march music
  • Experienced with special stage effects (pyrotechnics, etc)
  • Use of washboard, spoons and other unusual percussion instruments
  • Drumming while standing
  • Acrobatic skills for choreographed stunts (such as climbing on upright bass with wireless-equipped snare)


As drummer of great merit for the world-famous "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" (Traditional military brass orchestra of the Head & Master of the German/Teutonic Order) the German Knight's Order awarded Franz DUNSHIRN the golden "Deutschmeister Ehrenkreuz 1. Klasse" (Primary class Cross of Honour of the German Order) which has got benediction by pope Johannes Paul 2nd on Sept 9th, 1983 in Vienna, AUSTRIA.

(see lower medal on left portrait picture, enlarged photo of medal on the right side)


  • Danube Island Festival, "Prater" Amusement park festival and several boroughs' state fairs in Vienna, AUSTRIA from 1990 to 2000
  • Concerts in famous music nightclubs like "PAPAS TAPAS", "ZUGABE", "Indian Dreams Western Saloon", "Metropol" and Stadthalle (TV broadcast) in VIENNA
  • Tours in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, France, USA and Canada

Famous musicians I played with

Barbara Lane (USA)


Wanda Jackson (USA)

Dale Watson (USA)

Sleepy LaBeef (USA)

Dawn Maracle (USA)

Big Jay McNeely (USA)

Big MO (USA)

Joe "Ducktail" Clay (USA)

Chadd Thomas (USA)

Tav Falco (USA)

Alvin Crow (USA)

Brandon Giles (USA)

Legendary Daltons (A)

Rosie Flores (USA)

Torpedos (A)

Wee Willi Harris (GB)

Ida Red (A)

Freddie Fingers Lee (GB

Atomic-Boogie (A)

Peter Kraus (GER)

Orig. Hoch- & Deutschmeister (A)

Jazz Gitty (A)

Austrian Army Band (A)

Andy Lee Lang (A)

Michael Pewny (A)

Charly Hloch (A)

Little Frankie & the Townbeats A)

Erik Trauner (A)

Prof. Horst Winter (A)

The Salty Dogs (A)

Prof. Julius Hermann (A)


Soundfiles (mp3)

Mean Mean Man (The Salty Dogs & Franz on drums feat. Wanda Jackson)
Rock┤n┤Roll Honey (The Salty Dogs & Franz on drums feat. Wanda Jackson)
You Gotta Have A Ducktail (The Hounddogs & Franz on drums)
Rock Bottom (Sixty Minute Men & Franz on drums)

Video file (wmv)

TV-Show "Seitenblicke" by ORF (Austrian Broadcast) in May 1993 (The Salty Dogs & Franz on drums feat. US-Star Wanda Jackson filmed by "Seitenblicke" while doing studio recording in Vienna)
YOU TUBE Video of a live performance of "50 sDiner Band" in October 2014 in the legendary music pub "Papas Tapas" in Vienna, Austria in October 2014 (

Studio Experience

"Kiss Me" (vinyl) with Old Fashion, 1985, Vienna, on G.M.D.K. Records
"Senseless" (vinyl) with The Hound Dogs, 1987, Vienna, on HK Records
"Under The Double Eagle" (vinyl) with Hoch- und Deutschmeister-Kapelle (traditional military orchestra of the Head & Master of the Teutonic Order), 1985, Vienna, Teldec Records
"Hot Blended" and "Homeland Waltz" (CD) with Wanda Jackson and the Salty Dogs , and Hayden Thompson, 1994/1995, Vienna, Urmel Records
"Teddy Boy" with the Legendary Daltons, 2001, Vienna
"Forties Rhythm" with Sixty Minute Men, 2008, St.Poelten, Austria
Vinyl-LP on TELDEC in 1984
CD "Hot Blended" on URMEL Records UR005 in 1993
Vinyl-Single on HK records HK09588

In the USA

Spent a month in Florida performing with a rock'n'roll band in Roses and Gardens Western Saloon, Orlando
Went to Vancouver, BC, Canada, doing sessions with local musicians
Visited NEW ORLEANS, MEMPHIS, and NASHVILLE and got acquainted with area musicians. Played with Brandon Giles , The Camaros and Humphrey Greg (Ex-Gene Vincent bass player). My unofficial Nashville Ambassador was fantastic guitar player Bart Weilburg. Guest appearance as spoon drummer and very first Austrian together with Rosie Flores in the Legendary Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
3 month's stay in NASHVILLE playing with the musicians above in Jim & Layla's Bluegrass Inn on Broadway as well as with Randy Hennings and Brazilbilly

Studio Recordings of Super-Star Wanda JACKSON from Oklahoma in Vienna on May 3 rd , 1993 backed up by Franz DUNSHIRN and The Salty Dogs

From left to the right : Robert SHUMY, Franz DUNSHIRN, F.G. HACKER, Wanda JACKSON, Fred BENTLEY, Manfred CHROMY

3 month´s stay in California, Wedding in LAS VEGAS, NV, Emigration to the United States of America, becoming citizen of Salt Lake City in UTAH, award of American Social Security Number and Work Authorization
2005 - 2006
Move to TEXAS, becoming citizen of AUSTIN , the world´ s music capital , and Electrical Engineer with TEXAS State Board Certification and back up-musician for local Blues- and Country music stars like Alvin CROW (, Dale WATSON (, Chad THOMAS and the CRAZY KINGS, and several Blues Performers like BIG MO from Chicago, IL. Permanent drummer for Blues artist Ray CASHMAN ( . Touring through Texas, Nevada and Arizona with Psychobilly Band “The Hotrod Hillbillies” ( Legendary live-performances in the famous Western saloon “The Broken Spoke” (, Giny´s Little Longhorn Saloon and The Continental Club (
Return to AUSTRIA joining bands like SIXTY MINUTE MEN , FACE TO FACE , SILENT WINGS , 50s Diner Band and Freddy Brix Band

Franz as drummer for SIXTY MINUTE MEN on the MOJO BLUES PARADE in the County Council of Josefstadt, Vienna, on May 31th, 2008


Franz as "Devil┤s Fiddler" performing on the Viennese WIES┤N October Festival in Vienna, Prater amusement park, in September 2017


Franz as radio-equipped acrobatic show snare drummer giving female sax-player a piggyback while he┤s strolling through the audience in PAPAS TAPAS, Vienna, on Oct 4th, 2013


Franz as show drummer for Austrian party band "FLOVILLE" at the STAMMERSDORFER WINE DAYS in Vienna, Austria, on Aug 27th, 2017 with water bird pipe and flying seagull


Franz and Super Star Patrizio Buanne after a common performance in the ARENA in Vienna, 2016 vocalist





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